Preparing for operations with the European Extremely Large Telescope. Fernando Comer ón. The E-ELT. The European Extremely Large Telescope being projected by ESO is Europe’s proposal for the next generation of giant optical telescopes expected to operate by the end of the next decade.
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The European Extremely Large Telescope being projected by ESO is Europe’s proposal for the next generation of giant optical telescopes expected to operate by the end of the next decade
Even if only a few are built, this promises variety in wavelengths, techniques, AO modes…
A multi-purpose facility…
…operating at the limits
Operational efficiency requires a sufficient number of instruments in stand-by at any given time:
If instruments need to be exchanged, long-term operations planning will be needed to ensure that all instruments receive the share of time needed (parallel with current situation UT vs. VLTI), determining the planning for transportation of instruments to/from the Nasmyth platforms
The choice of the most suitable programs will be more complex (and will need more aids) than at the VLT
“Given the current turbulence profile (and its evolution over the next hours!), what is the right AO mode to use?”
Statistical expectations on the turbulence profile (not just seeing statistics) should become an input of the long-term scheduling
Proper exploitation of AO modes requires flexibility in short-term scheduling: rationale for most (all?) available time to be scheduled in service mode.
Rationale for programmes in which real-time decisions are needed must be established: